Would you like to wear curry smell as cologne?
Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
If you happen to live in a Western country where house designs do not allow much of ventilation unlike in Sri Lanka, but have to depend on extractor fans while cooking to avoid curry smells sticking on to your best suit. Open plan designed houses in the West where the kitchen is an extension of the living/dining area (even in some modern designs in Sri Lanka) the whole house could smell of curry during cooking as the aroma spreads all over says, my friend Dr Hector Perera, who has a PhD in Chemistry in London.
According to Hector, all essential oils of low boiling points escape with steam and condense on any cold surface .To minimize this he has come out with a bright idea how to minimise this and to avoid steam and volatile gases depositing on other surfaces during food preparation.
What is this aroma (smell)? I would not like to call any palatable food as 'Smelly'. He defines it as volatile gases of food ingredients and spices which are supposed to be in the food and not on peoples' face, hands, clothes and hair and the result being when they go out of their houses they could be wearing curry smells like aftershave or cologne. Cooking is a very scientific exercise which is easy and full of fun if done properly Perera advises. Referring to so many professional chefs who appear on television, he says he cannot remember any of them talking about chemical and physical changes as they cook.
"What is the point in learning science in schools if their acquired knowledge is not going to be utilised when they leave school, he questions. His arguments being all governments are investing millions on science education with new and modern laboratories, new schools, buildings and colleges and introduce new technology, but children do not seem to make full use of all such facilities!
Hector's method to save energy (both gas and electricity) seems to be unique, very much scientific and easy to learn. Gas being a fossil fuel, he says, tends to run out soon, and if one is not careful with how one uses it, then it will mean one having to pay extra money on gas, which is not a pet subject at the present time where price of energy keeps on skyrocketing on a roller coaster basis.
"May be gas and electricity suppliers won't be very keen on my technique because I show how to use less energy", argues Perera. But how does he do it?
Just to give some preliminary hints, he warns not to use aluminum utensils for cooking because acids in various cooking ingredients tend to attack aluminum which in turn dissolves and poison the food, ultimate result being brain damage!
The whole world today is worried about the escalating energy price increases. Dr Perera vows that he will be able to show how to save money by using minimum gas or electricity to save approximately 60-75 percent energy and still cook in a scientific manner. He has once appeared on Sri Lankan television during a short visit and is impatiently waiting for a commercial institution or the government to beckon him to show his new theory; he is quite confident that his 'secretive technique' will help save millions of national wealth which is spent on gas and electricity by consumers today the world over.
Did "Isaac Newton reveal his own idea, the gravitational pull discovery to his neighbours or friends first, before passing on to scientists?" Haber found how to make Ammonia that lead to make gunpowder and fertiliser. He was awarded over 100,000 Pounds in late 1930s for his discovery and also awarded a Nobel Prize.